FROM A BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN.

(Northeastern France, probably Arras: late 15th century). 146 x 95 mm. (5 3/4 x 3 3/4"). Single column, 15 lines in a bâtarde hand.

Rubrics in red, one- and two-line initials in brushed gold on a red or blue ground, EACH PAGE WITH A VERY PRETTY ILLUSIONISTIC PANEL BORDER, with realistic fruits and flowers or intricate strapwork designs in colors on a brushed gold ground; one leaf with a FULL ILLUSION BORDER. Headlines written in French in a (17th century?) calligraphic hand. Excellent specimens, generally clean and smooth, with ample margins, charming decoration, and much shining gold.

This group of leaves represents an unusual opportunity to acquire a part of a charming 15th century prayer book with considerable gold and diverting illusionistic decoration for very little money.
(ST17769m)